13 May 2015, GraphicOnline

Ghanaians overseas contribute over four billion US dollars – according to the Bank of Ghana — annually to our economy through remittances. These remittances form a lifeline for educating family members back at home, providing for their survival paying for health care among others.

Many travel to be able to support their families back home in Ghana, and indeed, without these remittances many families will suffer untold financial hardships.

Over 232 million people live outside their country of birth. People travel overseas for various reasons with varying degrees of success. However, in recent times, there have been many horror stories told about Ghanaians travelling overseas, especially to the Gulf Arab states.
On the other hand, there are many success stories of Ghanaians overseas – from Kwame Nkrumah to Kofi Annan, Asamoah Djan to Dede Ayew to name a few. It provides unmatched exposure to new ideas and opportunities. Above all, it’s not just about travelling, it is about the kind of job you will be undertaking overseas.

Again, some unscrupulous persons and grougs have contributed themseleves into recruitment agents and lure unsuspecting Ghanainas to part with thousands of Ghana cedis under the pretext of finding jobs for them abroad.

As we know, not all job opportunities should be considered especially when it comes from an unauthorised person/office. This is because some of these job opportunities may have been offered by people and offices who are not authorised to do such, hence, the illegal recruiters. Too many Ghanaians have died in the deserts, too many have died in the Mediterranean, many have found themselves in wrong countries and have become stranded. These are 10 life-saving tips to enable any overseas worker to recognise an illegal recruiter and to ensure he/she looks for legal migration. […]


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